Parkland survivors turned into activists and inspired a wave of new gun safety laws

Parkland survivors turned into activists and inspired a wave of new gun safety laws

Gun Rights

One year ago, familiar images flooded television screens across the country. Police converged on a high school. Teenagers held their hands aloft while they were escorted outside. Distraught parents mourned their dead children and officials condemned the violence and offered their "thoughts and prayers." But that was soon drowned out by survivors and families of the victims of the February 14, 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Together, they called for changes that would prevent a similar tragedy from happening to anyone else. They confronted their lawmakers. They rallied others to their cause. And then they took to the streets of Washington, DC, to put on the March For Our Lives, make impassioned pleas for reform and declare, "Never Again." Gun safety advocates say their success is perhaps best illustrated by legislation passed in different states across the country last year: 67 new gun laws were enacted by both Republican and Democratic legislators in 26 states and Washington, DC, according to a year-end report by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence . "2018 was a momentous year in terms of gun safety legislation," said Allison Anderman, the group’s managing attorney. "The sheer number of the significant pieces of legislation that were enacted, the fact that very consequential bills were signed by Republican governors, as well as the very few gains made by the gun lobby really combined to make it kind of an earth-shattering year." When contacted by CNN, a spokeswoman for […]

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